Paper with Stitches

Last weekend I pulled the ole’ sewing machine out of the closet. I’d like to clarify that I’m not a sewer but I’ve been around it in my younger years. My dear Grandmother tried to teach me and my older sister how to sew when we stayed with her during summers on the farm. I never got the knack of it but my sister learned how to sew easily. She’s made beautiful clothes and home decor like curtains and pillows. It seems my crafty muse blossomed later in life, and unfortunately after my Grandmother passed away. I wonder what my Grandmother would say to seeing pieces of paper sewn together! 🙂

I owe a big thank you to my husband who also knows how to sew. He’s patched work clothes and fixed a hem here and there. He’s also the reason we have a sewing machine. Admittedly, the old Singer has stayed in the closet for a while now, but as I expand my cardmaking knowledge and gain inspiration from other crafters on the web, this is something I want to learn more about. My husband helped me thread the machine and showed me a few tricks on how to use it. I experimented on some pieces of scrap paper to test it out. The first attempt was a disaster because I forgot to set the presser foot so the paper was jumping all over the place. After I remembered to set the foot, got the feel of the pedal, and remembered to watch my fingers in comparison to the needle zipping by, I created this – the beginnings of a card.

I sewed a green square of cardstock to a larger blue one using a wide zig-zag stitch first. I should have stopped there because when I switched to a single stitch I didn’t sew it as straight. I think I am still scared of the needle and I’m sure sewing with ease will come to me after plenty of practice. To hide the more obvious error in the lower right hand corner, I sewed a little piece of folded cardstock to mimic a little book or card. I then used rub-ons to decorate it. Looking through more of my scraps, I found an old piece of cardstock that had a “Storybook” branch cut out of it.  I used this negative as a stencil and applied brown ink with a sponge dauber. I used another rub-on for the little bird.

The sewed pieces of square cardstock reminds me of a quilting square, bringing back more fond memories of Grandmother and the beautiful quilts she made. I dedicate this little sewing experiment in loving memory of her.


12 thoughts on “Paper with Stitches

  1. I love it! The uneven stitching really adds to the charm. I don’t know if you’re familiar with Bob Ross’s painting, but he always referred to “happy little accidents”, and the book in the corner is a perfect example! Your card all came together so nicely! Your grandmother would be proud.

    • Thanks so much Vanessa! I love Bob Ross – I would watch him on TV when I was a child and be amazed at his work. Thanks for the lovely reminder of “happy little accidents”. And thanks for the lovely visit and comment! ~Vanessa

  2. Great card Vanessa!!! I’m not a sewer either but I do like to sew cards. It gives them such a unique and fun look. I’m sure your Grandmother would have been proud! All the best ~Sophia

    • Hi Sophia! Thanks so much for the supportive comment! I like the look it gives too – it really adds a handmade touch, plus it helps save on adhesive! 🙂 Thanks as always for stopping by and liking the post too! Take care! ~Vanessa

    • Thanks so much Arin! I really appreciate your comments and support as I continue to learn and experiment with paper. You have some amazing work as well! Can’t wait to see your design team work at the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog! Congrats again!! ~Vanessa

  3. It turned out great! and what a sweet tribute to your Grandmother. I have tried to sew on paper a few times and it always rips it up so I obviously don’t know what I’m doing! Do you set it on a very low tension? Is it a regular needle? Thanks for sharing this!

    • Hi Scarlett! Thanks for the lovely comment! The tension is set on 1 out of a 0-9 range so it’s a very low setting. I’m using a regular spool of thread with a regular needle. I think you hit on a very good point about the low tension. My husband said he did experiment with the tension settings on scrap cardstock before he got me set up to make my card and he set it to 1 which seems to be ideal. I’m using a Singer model number 57815c. Hope this helps! Thanks for stopping by! ~Vanessa

    • Thank you so much for the lovely comment and visit! I hear ya about space. Our sewing machine has been at the very back of the closet for a couple of years and now it’s sitting on a make shift craft table. I hope I use it enough to warrant it being in my way :). But I do love the handmade look. It adds a nice detail! ~Vanessa

    • Awww, thank you so much for your sweet reply. I am thinking of you during this very difficult time and wish you and your family all the best! So glad to have found you in the blogosphere! Hugs, Vanessa

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